At 8 months, I attempted to wean Jason straight to a sippy cup. This first attempt failed after Jason came down with a stomach flu that caused a precipitous drop in his weight. We went back to bottles.
At his 1 year checkup, Jason’s pediatrician suggested we work to eliminate bottles before Jason reached 15 months. We cut out his 2-3 day bottles, leaving a morning and night bottle. This went smoothly. Jason willingly drinks water from a sippy cup during the day.
A month ago, we decided to cut the morning bottle. Our rationale was that in the morning Jason was so hungry that he would accept milk from any drinking vessel. Jason has not been cooperating with this well thought out rationale. He refuses milk from all sippy cups. We are holding firm – no bottles in the morning.
This leaves us with the 8 oz night bottle as Jason’s sole source of milk. The night bottle is also our delivery method of choice for his daily dose of poly-vi-sol, DHA supplement, and Miralax. On Monday during his 15 month checkup, Jason’s pediatrician reassured me that he can get plenty of calcium from other sources. She suggested that we continue our approach of offering milk in the morning and at meals. Eventually, he will transition and she wasn’t overly concerned with him continuing his night bottle. I will postpone the final bottle battle for now.